Raising Confident Readers Review

Raising Confident Readers Even at age 3 Miss A is starting to read. She’s always had an interest in letters and spelling. She knows most site words, can write her name, and sounds out longer words. But not all children are interested in words like Miss A, however because it is something she loves I encourage that and thought it would be interesting to read, Raising Confident Readers; How to Teach Your Child to Read and Write – from Baby to Age 7 by Dr. J. Richard Gentry.

Personally, I believe that you can encourage and nurture a child’s natural learning style without being the pushy, hovering parent that you see in media, in your community, or even sometimes in your own home.

This book has been called, “The first parent-centered book of it’s kind…” and stresses how important early writing is, gives you activities that target your child’s level of reading, literacy goals, and most importantly to reiterate, this book touts moderation, the last thing you should be doing is making readingm (or any activity for that matter)stressful for your child.

The book starts off letting parents know that one of the best ways to increase your child’s dialogue is to use more vocabulary with them. Don’t be afraid to use normal or even “big” words with your child, they’ll ask what words mean and understand more in the long run. {Plus, it’s pretty funny to hear little kids say mature words, and I’m not talking curses by the way.}Raising Confident Readers features, milestones for monitoring progress and helps you to learn what reading phase your child is in. The book is then based on chapters by Phase so you can use the appropriate exercises for your learner. The exercises are about bonding with your child, exploring words. There are no lesson plans you can do activities that you and your child seem interested in or skip around at your leisure. Remember, it’s about fun!

Miss A Concentrating

I loved the section, “Six Parent Goals for Literacy”, my favorite out of the six would be #2. I can bond with my child through books and nurture positive reading attitudes that last a lifetime. Also check out the Appendix which is more like a memory book and contains things like, “My favorite books birth to 6 months…, I loved reading about…, I learned to read some words…,” and more. Reading aloud to your child and even by your child is so important in developing your children, DaddyB and I always have daily book time with both of our girls and I’m a huge believer that you can never start reading too early.

While it’s great to encourage good reading habits for children who love to read, Raising Confident Readers also speaks on topics like dyslexia and children who are behind in reading for their age. This book shows you how to identify and diagnose problems from the start and tips for working with children who have a harder time reading.

With American schools feeling the pressure to excel it seems that Kindergarten standards for literacy are becoming harder and harder, but hopefully with tools like this book and our own desire to take time for our children we can make sure they are prepared in a fun, interactive way. I would highly recommend  Raising Confident Readers as a great book for any level reader and for parents who want to encourage the zest for learning in their children.

You can pick up a copy of Raising Confident Readers: How to Teach Your Child to Read and Write – from Baby to Age 7 by Dr. J. Richard Gentry at Amazon or other local book stores.